BREEZE Software and Data / Trinity Consultants

Fundamentals of Air Dispersion Modeling


This intensive 2-day course is designed for entry level engineers, dispersion modelers, and meteorologists or others wanting to deepen their understanding of air dispersion modeling principles. Concise lectures supplemented by multi-media example problem sets, a short hands-on introduction to computer-based modeling software, and group discussions are used to maximize comprehension. Students learn how models incorporate the effects of transport and dispersion, atmospheric turbulence, stack characterization, building downwash, and terrain impacts with emphasis on U.S. EPA models such as AERMOD, AERSCREEN, and a brief introduction to CALPUFF, CAMx, and CMAQ.

Event Type:
Workshops/Training Courses
Oct. 18-19, 2016
Baltimore , MD , USA

Participants learn about:

  • Modeling theory, U.S. EPA models, and model selection
  • Role and sources of meteorology
  • Model use and interpretation within regulatory and non-regulatory contexts of application
Course Topics Include:
  • Regulatory requirements for modeling
  • Atmospheric turbulence
  • Stability categories
  • Dispersion parameters
  • Plume rise equations
  • Building downwash
  • Flares
  • Line and area sources
  • Modeling continuous emissions
  • Modeling accidental releases
  • Modeling study design
  • U.S. EPA modeling guidelines

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